Crystal Palace face Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on Saturday with both sides fresh and raring to go following the winter break.
Palace have had some warm weather training in Dubai over the last week and will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing 3-1 defeat against Everton last time out.
The Eagles created a number of chances at Goodison Park but failed to be clinical enough to get something out of the match.
Christian Benteke scored his first goal since April 2019 and maybe should have had another, but was denied from point-blank range by Jordan Pickford.
Both sides seem to be relatively comfortable in the league table at the moment, with Hodgson’s side six points away from the relegation zone and Steve Bruce’s men seven points clear of the drop zone.
However, a defeat for either team and other results going against them could drag them into the relegation fight.
We expect Palace to stick to the usual 4-3-3 formation and here’s how we feel Hodgson may line up his side at Selhurst Park.
GK: Vicente Guaita
Probably one of the first names on the teamsheet.
RB: Joel Ward
With Kelly injured, Ward is set to take the right-back spot.
CB: Gary Cahill
One of Palace’s standout players this season.
CB: Scott Dann
Tomkins is injured so Dann should be the one to fill in for him as he did against Everton.
LB: Patrick Van Aanholt
Not a whole lot of competition for Van Aanholt at the moment. The return of Schlupp may change that soon.
CDM: Luka Milivojevic
The captain should assume normal duties against the Magpies. He’s one booking away from a two-match suspension so will need to be careful.
CM: James McArthur
McArthur should also keep his spot. His energy and drive on the left side of midfield could be a big help to Zaha.
CM: James McCarthy
The former Everton man could be pushed hard by Kouyate but we feel he just edges this one.
RW: Jordan Ayew
Ayew prefers playing up top and hasn’t looked as dangerous on the flank, but his pace and trickery could still cause problems for the Magpies.
LW: Wilfried Zaha
Who else? Zaha will keep his starting spot.
ST: Cenk Tosun
Benteke got his first goal of the season last time out, but Palace brought Tosun in precisely to win them matches like this. He’s back from injury and we feel he should lead the line.